Newcastle have now lost four games in a row, and two of those defeats were against the Premier League top two sides at the moment – Arsenal and Manchester City – and we were a little unlucky not take something out of both those games.
Andy Carroll – could start for Hammers on Saturday
And we were beaten at West Brom, but only after Mathieu Debuchy got himself sent off in the second half, when we were pressing well and maybe could have come away with something from the game – but we didn’t.
And we were beaten in the FA Cup at the first attempt at home to Cardiff City – and that performances was simply unacceptable.
But in our next three games at West Ham and Norwich, followed by a home game against Sunderland, we should be favored to win in each of the games against three teams in the bottom five of the Premier League at the moment.
Whether Newcastle can press on and keep challenging for a top eight or even a top six place this season, will depend on Newcastle doing well against these weaker sides in the Premier League.
It would be very nice to get a win on Saturday, in a game where it appears that former striker Andy Carroll will get his first start of the season, after finally recovering from another lengthy injury.
Newcastle don’t usually play at their best against the weaker sides but we do well against the top sides, although we took nothing out of the recent home games with the Gunners and City.
We must play with the same intensity at Upton Park on Saturday, as did last weekend, if we are to get the needed 3 points against the Hammers.
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